The Queen has sparked health fears among royal fans after Buckingham Palace announced her planned two-day trip to Northern Ireland was cancelled. Her Majesty, 95, remains in “good spirits” and is said to be “disappointed” she could not carry out her royal duties.
Announcing the royal tour had been called off, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.
“Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.
“The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future.”
The visit had been planned to mark Nothern Ireland’s centenary.
The sovereign was meant to be arriving at Hillsborough Castle this afternoon.
The Queen has cancelled a planned trip to Northern Ireland
The Queen during a reception she hosted yesterday at Windsor Castle
This decision regarding the Queen’s health is understood not to be related to coronavirus.
ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship said to have been told there is “no cause for caution” about the sovereign’s health.
Following this announcement, royal fans flocked to social media to send warm wishes to the Queen.
One fan account of Kate and Prince William called The Cambridges wrote on Twitter: “Oh no!! I hope she is alright and will relax”.
The Queen at the opening of the Senedd
Another, called Avril Farley, replied saying: “Couldn’t bear our queen to leave us. Do hope she will rest”.
A third royal watcher, called Canuckabroad, noted the monarch has been carrying out several royal engagements over the past few weeks.
They said: “She’s been pretty busy lately. Don’t know where she gets the energy!
“She deserves a good rest. Feet up, cheeky martini with the corgis & catch up on Strictly”.
The Queen and Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace
The Queen at the Ascot Racecourse
Indeed, the monarch has completed more than a dozen engagements since October 1, when she ended her annual summer break at Balmoral Castle.
Just last week, the Queen attended the opening of the Welsh Parliament in Cardiff and a service of thanksgiving for the centenary of the Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey.
During both these occasions, the Queen was seen using a lightweight walking stick “for comfort”.
On Saturday, she also headed to Ascot Racecourse to watch Champions Day.
On top of carrying out in-person visits, the Queen continues to hold virtual audiences and her day-to-day duties as the Head of State of 16 countries.
For example, on October 18 she spoke via video link with the next Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro.
The Queen was last seen yesterday evening, when she appeared in great health and high spirits as she hosted a reception for business leaders, diplomats and government officials following the Global Investment Summit.
During the reception taking place at Windsor Castle, the sovereign was spotted speaking with Joe Biden’s climate advisor John Kerry, Bill Gates and Boris Johnson.
Other key royals were in attendance – including Prince Charles, Prince William and the Queen’s first cousins the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent.
The Queen using a walking stick
Hours prior to the reception, the sovereign had also carried out two private audiences.
While the Queen was forced to cancel a string of engagements in Northern Ireland, she is still expected to travel to Glasgow in November for the much-anticipated UN climate change summit COP26.
Commenting on Buckingham Palace’s statement, Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said it was “not surprising” the monarch had been advised to get some rest given the incredibly packed schedule she is tackling despite her age.
She said: “She’s taking this advice from the medical royal household, they’ve told her she has to rest for the next few days.
“We’re also being told that she is in good spirits but in many ways, it’s not surprising that they told her to take a rest because the last couple of weeks have been incredibly busy when you consider that she is 95 years old.
“Yes, she has the best possible healthcare around her and she lives a privileged life but at 95 years old, she has been undergoing a very busy work schedule.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK